Committed to Excellence & Opportunity
The Committed to Excellence and Opportunity (CEO) Program is an initiative undertaken by the University of Michigan-Flint and funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. CEO is administratively housed and operated through the Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI). CEO is a preeminent resource for identifying, recruiting and developing students who have the opportunity to be known as Wade H. McCree Incentive Scholarship Scholars upon successful completion of the CEO Program.
Committed to Excellence and Opportunity (CEO) was launched in June of 2010. The purpose of the grant is to provide a full academic year and summer residential program that is comprehensive in the preparation of a college skill-set during the high school years. To address the extremely high rates of failures in higher education by young males from low income and academically underrepresented families, the CEO Program targets 50 students for which 55-60% are males. Our approach is to significantly enhance services and programming to address the critical issue of the decline in high school graduation, post-secondary enrollment and high dropout rates of young men. While the program serves both males and females, it is our mission to impact the crisis facing young men.
The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults serve nationwide each year. During their 10-month term, NCCC Members – all 18 to 24 years old – work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emergency plans, and address countless other local needs. There are five regional campuses located across the United States in Vinton, Iowa; Perry Point, Md.; Sacramento, Calif.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Denver, Colo.
In exchange for their service, NCCC Members receive an educational award, small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.americorps.gov/nccc.